Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard
Last week the Washington Post reported:
“The National Park Service said Thursday that it wants to permanently close the grounds of the Washington Monument to recreational activities and increase reservation fees for use of its 28 athletic fields on the Mall and in Rock Creek Park.”
A petition has been started Don’t Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall:
“There are few things more uniquely American than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building.
Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets. The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets. The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice.
Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf.
A Navy Yard resident emails us this complaint to 311’s seeclickfix:
“My white Nieghbor’s has been doing a lot of racial profiling and constantly calling the police on residents because we’re enjoying the weekends out side with our kids after 9pm but no later than 11pm. My fiancé and I just had to have a meeting with the white neighbors because they wanted to meet my fiancé and wanted to know our business. A sign was put up through out the Nieghbor hood claiming to be developed by the home owner’s Committee. These white people has come outside recording the residents and their guest, constantly reporting complaints about residents and guest to the to management office.”
Thanks to Scott sending:
“I just asked One Medical to respond to the Carefirst claims and this is what I got back:
Unlike larger health systems, One Medical is focused exclusively on primary care because we know it is an essential part of bringing down overall healthcare costs.
Because they treat many of their needs in the primary care setting, One Medical patients save more than the average patient by reducing unnecessary emergency room or specialty visits.
Even a meaningful increase to our reimbursement rates does not bring us into the top percentage of medical practices in the DC area.
Our goal is to build a practice that is sustainable and strong. We cannot do this without fair and equitable payment rates from our insurance partners. We believe that the rates we seek will simply get us to a fair rate for the quality, service-oriented care we provide–nothing more. (more…)
1827 Adams Mill Road, NW
“One Medical is seeking dramatic – egregious – increases in rates from CareFirst as well as additional mandatory charges from CareFirst members that would result in millions of dollars in additional costs to members. Such cost increases at a time when many are already struggling to pay for their healthcare are unconscionable. The sharply increased rates and fees One Medical seeks ultimately come directly out of the pockets of our members and the employer groups to which they belong and these costs have become harder and harder to bear.
The out of network status that One Medical seeks will place their service beyond the reach of many members. This will likely necessitate the need for members who use One Medical to re-establish their primary care relationships with other practices. We deeply regret this unilateral decision by One Medical. However, discussions to resolve this will continue.”
6th Street, NE update:
“This new sign appeared this morning on the wall of the Old City Market. Props to the cops to being responsive to calls and regular patrols. Although when they’re not around, the party rages on.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC
Thanks to a reader for passing on:
“Epic Twitter rant about Comcast service issues in Logan Circle at 15th and Q NW that started in December 2016 to today and it still isn’t fixed that has created a condo wide problem of failed cable and Internet service.”
Continues after the jump. (more…)
Thanks to Sean for sending from 9th and S Street, NW.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns
I live in Brookland and absolutely love it. However, my neighbor across the alleyway does not have running water. As a result, he regularly urinates in the alleyway. He also has guests who have in the past urinated in the alley and defecated in a neighbor’s backyard (not even his own, which somehow bothered me more). I’ve talked to him about this to no avail – the house has a huge overdue water bill that he can’t pay, and it’s way too high for me to consider paying it for my own sanity. I contacted DCRA but they never sent anyone. Any thoughts on how to handle this? Is this even legal, to live without running water?”
The 1000 block of 6th St, NE is almost equidistant between the new H St. Whole Foods and Union Market. It is the home to JO Wilson Elementary School Athletic Fields, a new Capitol Bikeshare dock and the recently opened Old City Market. It is also home to one vacant house that since the late spring has become a nearly daily meeting place for a few of the blocks residents and dozens of non-residents. This week, the notice in the photo was posted on the wall of the Old City Market. Why? Because most days, beginning in the early afternoon, people congregate either in front of this vacant house to party or spread out around the entire block.
The party often lasts well past midnight and has included rowhouse shaking bass, air compressor fueled car washes, frequent dice games, alcohol drinking, marijuana smoking, people making lean (a mix of soda and codeine cough syrup for those of you not in the know) and the occasional bbq (on Memorial weekend there were over 100 people and two grills going at 1am) not to mention the constant barrage of fireworks (legal and illegal) over July 4th weekend. Parking has become so difficult on the block for residents that most mornings the street is virtually empty because residents have chosen to park elsewhere, even when spots are available. A few of the people definitely live on the block (although none are the owners of the vacant home) but many of the license plates are from out of state.
The other night a large SUV with Florida plates was blocking the alley and people were just hanging out around it. (more…)